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    “We Are Obsessed With Race”: Idris Elba Talks About Racism In Hollywood

    Idris Elba is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. The English actor has acted in several highly successful films and television series in his long career. Some of his credits include ‘The Wire’, ‘Thor’, ‘Luther‘, ‘Pacific Rim’ and ‘Beasts of No Nation’. 

    In an industry where racism and misogyny are real issues, the 50-year-old does not want to focus on his race. He feels that we as human beings are “obsessed” with it. So let’s find out what exactly Elba said and why he feels like that about racism in Hollywood. Keep on reading to know more.

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    Idris Elba Shares His Views On Racism In Entertainment Industry

    Idris Elba
    Idris Elba

    Idris Elba is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. Coming from a humble background, the actor has made a name for himself in the industry. That too, despite him being a black actor.

    In an interview with Esquire magazine, the ‘Pacific Rim‘ actor talked about his views on racism in Hollywood. He stated that he has “stopped describing” himself as a black actor as it puts him in a box.

    As humans, we are obsessed with race. And that obsession can really hinder people’s aspirations, hinder people’s growth”, he added. However, Elba admitted that racism “is very real.” But he said that it is “only as powerful as you allow it to be”.

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    Elba Also Touched Upon Representation In The Industry

    Idris Elba
    Idris Elba

    In the same interview, the ‘American Gangster‘ actor also revealed why he chose to become an actor. He said he did not become an actor because there were no “black people doing it” and he wanted a change.

    Elba stated he did it because he liked acting and thought he could excel in it. He said he never wanted to be called the first black actor to do a certain thing. “I’m the first Idris,” he said.

    Over the years, Elba has become one of the most bankable names in Hollywood. At one point, he was very close to being chosen as the next James Bond. He is a recipient of the Golden Globe Awards as well as the Primetime Emmy Awards.

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